At Saint Joseph’s, we seek to blend fellowship among our members with outreach to our neighbors on and around Ninth Street, thereby living out our baptismal covenant to “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ,” and to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.” We share food after Morning Prayer and the Sunday Eucharist, and on special occasions like Thanksgiving Day. Often, we simply hang out, accompanying each other on our various life’s journeys and encouraging each other in our life of Christian faith.
Jesus told his disciples, “You will always have the poor with you,” and this is certainly true at Saint Joseph’s. Remembering that he was echoing Deuteronomy, “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land,’” and that He himself was homeless, we seek to live in fellowship with all who arrive at our church’s door. Homeless persons are members of our community and are welcome to rest on our property and to participate in worship, fellowship, and study. To help meet the physical needs of our homeless neighbors, the church accepts donations of money to our “poor plate,” located beside the baptismal font, as well as contributions of food and toiletries. We do ask that parishioners not give cash to other persons directly while they’re on church grounds.
Events and updates
Breakfast fellowship & food drive
Our Breakfast Fellowship (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) is attracting record numbers, and the need for breakfast food grows weekly. Contributions of eggs, grated cheese, grits, coffee, cream, and juice are always welcome to support this important ministry. All are welcome to join.
We also collect easily heated canned foods (chunky soups, macaroni cheese, ravioli, etc.).
Collection for Community Needs
The wicker basket at the back of the church is for donations for our neighbors in need of “everyday essentials”: toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, travel or trial size personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, etc.) as well as toothpaste and toothbrushes. Please help us make life a little more comfortable for those struggling to provide these basics for their families. When you travel, bring back the hotel toiletries that are left for your use. Add some toilet paper or a small tube of toothpaste to your weekly grocery shopping list.